The Oxford Town and Gown 2023 will take place on Sunday, 14 May 2023.
Oxford Town and Gown is the oldest run in the series. It started in 1982 by local runners as a fun run to raise funds for muscular dystrophy, and still, to this day, all profits from the race go to Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK).
The race now attracts up to 6,000 runners every year. This includes serious athletes, as well as casual and fun runners. If you want to run your first, your fastest, or your most orange 10k yet – this is the race for you.
The 10k run takes you along a City Centre closed-road route that finishes in the University Parks. This route is unique and scenic, making it perfect for all runners. You’ll find beginners taking on their first 10k race and more experienced runners hoping to beat their personal bests.
All proceeds from the Town and Gown series support the work of Muscular Dystrophy UK – the charity bringing together 70,000 people living with more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and -wasting conditions.
2022 saw the celebration of the Town and Gown’s 40th anniversary! And we will be keeping you up to date on how the organisers plan to mark this exciting milestone.
Early bird entry fees are as follows:
Booking fees apply.
Early bird ends on 30th November 2022.
To enter multiple people: Simply add the desired number of tickets you want. The registration form will require you to enter full details of everyone you are paying for.
To create or join a Team: This option will appear at the bottom of the registration form once you have filled out all of your details.
The running route has always shown-off some of Oxfords best landmarks. Expect a scenic tour through the heart of the City Centre, passing many historic Oxford University colleges and Oxford High Street, and then finishing in University Parks. The exact route for 2023 will not be too different from previous live events, and it will be published closer to the event.
The Junior 3k race will take place at 9.15am ahead of the main 10k race. It is open for anyone aged 9 to 15 years old.
Details of any road closures will be published here closer to the event. Road closures would normally come into force from 8.00am on the Sunday morning and remain in operation until noon. The majority of the affected roads will be on a rolling closure system (i.e. they reopen as soon as the last runner has passed and it is safe to do so).
The Oxford Half Oxford Town and Gown 10k race is usually scheduled to start at 10.00am, with the JUnior 3k race starting just before at 9.15am. The event village opens at 8.00am and closes at 1.00pm
The Oxford Town and Gown race event village is in the University Parks, OX1 3RF, near the cricket pavilion. It’s where you can have your registration queries answered, use the toilets or buy food and drink. The event village is also where the race warm-ups and presentations take place.
There are trophies for the following categories, based on chip-time on the day
Should a runner qualify for an overall winner prize and an age group prize, they’ll get the overall prize and the age group prize will be offered to the next finisher.
There will be a trophy presentation on the stage in the Event Village at approximately 11.00am.
Yes. Expect road closures to come into force from 8.00am on the Sunday morning and remain in operation until noon. The majority of the affected roads will be on a rolling closure system (i.e. they will reopen as soon as the last runner has passed and it is safe to do so) apart from Parks Road, which will remain closed for the entire duration of the event
The roads affected are listed below.
Bradmore Road, Blackhall Road, Broad Street, Catte Street, Cornmarket Street, Crick Road, Keble Road, Fyfield Road, High Street (except buses and taxis allowed in both directions using Stop/Go Traffic Management), Holywell Street, Jowett Walk, Longwall Street, Magdalen Street East, Mansfield Road, Market Street, Museum Road, New College Lane, Norham Gardens, Norham Road, Parks Road, Queens Lane, South Parks Road, St. Cross Road, Turl Street.
To coincide with these closures, expect parking in the certain residential parking bays to be suspended from 00.00am to 12.30pm on the Sunday.
Some parking bays may be suspended from 6.00pm on the Saturday before until 12.30pm on the day of the race
Availability of parking in the centre of Oxford is extremely limited, and there are no parking facilities in the vicinity of the race. Also, all the roads in the immediate area will be closed, with parking restrictions enforced. Please consider using one of Oxford’s Park & Rides. Alternatively, visit the Oxford City Council’s website for a list of car parks within the City Centre.
Please visit the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach websites for up to date travel and bus routes to Oxford City Centre on the race day. The start and event village is a maximum 10 minutes walk from the City Centre so any bus reaching near into the City Centre will be a walkable distance.
The start and event village is a maximum 20 minute walk from Oxford Railway Station. Please factor this walk when planning to get to Oxford by Train. Visit the national rail website for up-to-date train information.